Monday, May 17, 2004

Kerry Rally
Well, the whole family went downtown today to see the John Kerry Rally. It was great. Kerry and all his special guests really hit the right notes with the crowd. Kerry struck me as enthusiastic, determined, and on the right side of the issues. He offered an elegant, damning critique of the Bushies and contrasted their ineptitude with his vision of how things will be after he takes office. I came away with an even higher opinion of our candidate than I had going in.

But the best part was the crowd. We had tickets and could not get in. There were tens of thousands of people in the square, and tens of thousands more people outside of and around the square. People were lined up outside the barricades on all four sides of the square cheering like mad. I was lucky to get a view of the candidate while he spoke. (lucky being tall!) I heard they were planning to have about 25,000 people show up, but I'd guess they had at least twice that. And it was threatening rain. I've never seen people in this country this engaged in their democracy. Which makes me think we've got a damned good chance to kick Bush back to Crawford Texas come november.

Update: Unbelievable - the AP is reporting about 4,000 people showed up for the rally. What is that based on? I've been in plenty of arenas and stadiums - I know what 20,000, 40,000, and 60,000 people looks like. I'm guessing that there was at least 35,000 people there - and that's a conservative estimate. I'd say 35 to 60. 4,000 is like a sick joke. That person must have some agenda.


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